SHOW LOW — There was a sold-out crowd of over 300 people at the third annual Darrin Reed Memorial Scholarship Dinner hosted by the First Responders Legacy Scholarship Fund (FRLSF), Inc.

The event took place Saturday, April 27, at the Show Low Elks Lodge.

The non-profit organization FRLSF, was founded in memory of fallen Show Low Police Department Officer, Darrin Reed, who was tragically killed in the line of duty Nov. 8, 2016.

Friends, families, community members and many hometown first responders came together. The organization awarded scholarships to seven local high school graduates and one Blue Ridge High School student already enrolled at Northern Arizona University.

John Bobo of HomeSmart Professionals conducted the live auction and emceed the entire event. His talent kept the crowd engaged and contributed greatly to the synergy in the banquet hall.

The silent auction, live dessert auction and specialty raffles helped raise funds for future projects and continued scholarships for local students.

“I just appreciate and thank everybody for all of their support,” says the late officer’s son, Chance Reed. “I love seeing everyone come together. We have a good community.”

There were 27 major supporters of the event. They each purchased a $500 table as a donation to the FRLSF. In addition, there were at least 129 other supporters that donated auction times, prizes, funds for event costs, labor and much more, making the well-organized event even more fun for the attendees.

“We greatly appreciate all of those who donated to make this event successful,” says the FRLSF board of directors.

Scholarship awards

Seven students were awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarship funds from the First Responders Legacy Scholarship Fund.

Katelynn Wisner, a Blue Ridge High School graduate and fourth-year student at Northern Arizona University was awarded $2,500.

Zach Fogle, a Blue Ridge High School senior, was awarded $2,000.

Kellie Wilcock, also of Blue Ridge High School, was awarded $1,500.

Riley Latham of Round Valley High School, Alyssa Wiltbank of St. Johns High School, Elizabeth Waddell of Show Low High School and Shawn Douglass of Show Low High School, were each awarded $1,000.

Support continues to grow

Members of the Show Low Cadets volunteered their time to help with the event by seating guests, showcasing the desserts, busing tables, cleaning and helping with just about anything that was needed throughout the evening.

Seven members of the Northeastern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy were also in attendance. They helped sell FRLSF t-shirts and added to the expression of honor and appreciation for the statewide family of first responders across Arizona.

The Arizona Elk Society donated a variety of prizes and raffle items. They also organized and operated the auction table for FRLSF which was a detailed, time-consuming and critical responsibility.

“The Arizona Elk Society has always been a faithful supporter of first responders,” says White Mountain Chapter President Jim Warren. “This is one way that our local chapter can give back to them.”

I would like to say thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers that made this happen, all of the organizations that donated items, the sponsors that supported us, the individuals that attended, the Elk’s Lodge for a great venue, and our presenting sponsor Home Smart Professionals — the Bobo Team,” says Cathy Reed. “Without everyone involved, this wouldn’t be possible. Thank you all!”

For more information about the First Responders Legacy Scholarship Fund, call Scott Keil at 928-243-1981 or email frlsfund@gmail.com.

Reach the reporter at lsingleton@wmicentral.com

Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

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